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Week # 43: In Unresting Times

It was several weeks back that I wrote about the lively culture of political protest here in Bolivia. In recent months that has seemed somewhat eclipsed by major civil unrest … Continue reading

August 16, 2011 · 3 Comments

Week # 41: Kumana: Music to Move Mountains

When Jack Herranen and Marisol Diaz of the band Kumana talk about the work involved in their music, it implies many things. Besides the writing, rehearsing and playing, there is … Continue reading

August 3, 2011 · Leave a comment

Week # 40: Colombia Part Two – Turning 30 in Taganga

  Once upon a time there was a quiet, attractive fishing village sitting in a very pretty bay of the Caribbean, accessible from the nearby city and with a number … Continue reading

July 27, 2011 · 1 Comment

Week # 39: Colombia Part One: Love in the Time of Cocaine

Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s ‘Love in the Time of Cholera’ is set in Cartagena, on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. I can now confirm, having visited Cartagena last month, that there can be … Continue reading

July 14, 2011 · 1 Comment

Week 34: Demanding Times

Bolivia has what could be described as a lively political culture. I water the plants three times a week on the office balcony, and perhaps on half those occasions I … Continue reading

June 6, 2011 · 1 Comment

Week # 31: Que Fuerte El Fuerte

Ancient civilisations generally chose really nice places to build stuff. Like Machu Picchu. And like Machu Picchu,  the building of stuff would include things of religious significance. For the Incas … Continue reading

May 18, 2011 · Leave a comment

Week # 30: The World’s Highest Ski Resort

The world’s highest ski resort is now nothing but a sad and potent symbol of our rapidly changing climate. I went to the summit of Chacaltaya last weekend, around 5,400 … Continue reading

May 11, 2011 · Leave a comment

Week # 29: Making Friends in Foreign Places

We invest a lot in the idea of “community”, and generally in the UK we lament what feels like it’s absence from our daily lives. Of course, we are all … Continue reading

May 4, 2011 · 3 Comments

Fotitas de Cocha

April 28, 2011 · Leave a comment

Week # 24: Car(e) free

As city dwellers we enjoy those remarkable moments, should we happen to be awake in the early hours of Sunday morning, when the streets are truly quiet. The constant thrum … Continue reading

April 7, 2011 · Leave a comment

Week # 23 perhaps: Žižek, García Bernal, Jesus and the Water

A couple of weeks ago I was sitting in the cafeteria of the Cinemateca Boliviana, La Paz´s arthouse cinema, watching Slavoj Žižek sign autographs for Bolivian undergrads. Shortly after I … Continue reading

March 30, 2011 · Leave a comment

Week # 20 also: Living Carnaval

Dr. Fernando Cajias de la Vega is former Culture Minister for Bolivia, currently Professor of History and Deacon of Humanities and Education Sciences at San Andres University in La Paz, … Continue reading

March 10, 2011 · 2 Comments

Week # 20: Carnaval!!!

As I posted on Facebook this week, I saw the exposed thighs of more beautiful women than I would have thought possible in one place at one time last Saturday. … Continue reading

March 10, 2011 · 2 Comments

Week, um, # 19 I think? Visions of La Paz

Here are some random observations on a relatively typical week of my social life in La Paz. This was suppposed to come as part of a comparison piece with New … Continue reading

February 23, 2011 · 1 Comment

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